Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought this right off of Christian Barthomeuf’s hands, he’s sort of the forefather of Ice ciders, helping to develop both Face Cachée de la pomme and Domaine Pinnacle ice ciders, he finally scrounged up enough scratch to buy his own piece of land and make his own. This was the grand finale of the "let’s piss off Clark" tasting, but I think we’ll end up pissing off Todd a bit more with this offering!
Dark rich golden viscous hues, sort of like those hydrogenated palm or peanut oils. This is a flat cider, so no bubbles or head whatsoever, and frankly it wouldn’t be necessary.
Slow cooked apples, a soothing vanilla butterscotch, the alcohol feel is subtle, but gradualy picks up steam to develop interesting Calvados-like fusels.
The rich sweetness of the apple (Cortland or Spartan, not sure at all) grips you at first like getting a crate of them dumped right on your head. The alcohol slowly creeps up next to smooth things over and dissolve some of the sugars, the finale being more a crisp, acidic tinge that is reminiscent of certain Normandy ciders, but only if you then kissed someone who’s been licking on maple taffy all day.
He’s got all the basic aspects to make an upper-tier ice cider, give this guy a few years and he’ll really give you a Frimas-style knockout, yet for now he’s still charging Neige prices.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
200 ml bottle, Montreal Sourheads gathering on February 26 2006. Pours a still bronze-gold, oily and thick with small legs coating the glass thinly....warming alcohol, vanilla and freshly made sweet lightly spiced applesauce comprise the expressive aroma....the body is very, very sweet and syrupy, oaky vanilla and whiskey nostes, fresh and juicy but also earthy, musty and thick, quite complex....light alcohol burn at the finish is just right. A joyous sweet ending to a most memorable sour tasting!
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Peach and apple honey diffused into a succulently thick mouthfeel...Alcohol warming is ingeniously linked to the sweetness, making you fall even deeper into your comfort zone...Possibly a new contender to the highest ranks of the Quebec ice cider kingdom, this is tooth-sucking and soul-warming greatness...
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark honey hue, still and oily looking though the legs are not as pronounced as many other ice ciders. Original aroma does not betray the extreme sweetness, rather hinting at orange tea, bee wax, concentrated strong apples to the point of feeling plasticy (more so because it takes into account the peel and a lot of derived alcohol than as an off-flavour). Complex in mouth if not one of the leaders in that department, it possesses enough acidity to balance the concentrated sugars, shaping into syrupy peachy, lip-smacking sweet kiss of growing apparent alcohol level. Phew, thanks Martin, a nice closure to a rough session. You will like this Todd!